Withlacoochee River Park is a wilderness park within the Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. The departments mission is to improve the quality of life for Pasco County citizens by providing excellent parks and recreation facilities and program opportunities for everyone to enjoy. The park is situated on over 450 acres of natural Florida wilderness. Visitors can experience the pleasures of bird watching, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and relaxing with nature. The park is open seven days a week from 7:00 am until dusk; there is a $2 parking fee.
Hillsborough River State Park provides resource-based recreation while preserving, interrupting and restoring natural and cultural resources. We offer a youth camp for youth organizations to provide a camping experience that fosters the Leave No Trace concepts. We offer Ranger and volunteer-led nature walks, campfire programs and interpretive programing. The park also offers hiking trails, biking trails, canoe rentals, swimming, 112 campsites, primitive camping and fishing.
The Florida Forest Service and specifically the Tate's Hell state forest is located in Franklin County where 80% of the land is public and a large part of the local culture. The staff currently provides outreach to the community through our public use areas which help to instill a conservation ethic and build advocacy with the next generation of Franklin County residents.
The US Forest Service provides the general public with information on land management practices. Osceola National Forest offers many opportunities for a wide range of visitor experiences, such as camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, riding horse trails, wildlife viewing and many more. Currently the Osceola National Forest offers several youth opportunities, including the Junior Rangers Program, Youth Conservation Core, and others as they become available.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has a 1640 acre preserve and 3.2 miles of pristine beach front with over 40 imperiled plant and animal species. Topsail Hill is named for its dunes, which rise like ships’ sails over soft sand beaches and the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.Those same white quartz dunes are responsible for a rare coastal ecosystem—freshwater dune lakes—which teem with aquatic wildlife.
The YMCA is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That's why, through the Y, more youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.
Science Eye offers unique, science and environmental educational programs for teachers, home schoolers, camps, organization, clubs, scouts, weekend events and birthdays. Our field and at-your-site program safaris are engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based programs that enable children and adults to explore the world around them, gain new insights and make them aware that science is an exciting part of everything they do. Our goal is to have fun while instilling self-confidence, develop critical thinking skills and to create a positive relationship with the environment.